Tracking Wildlife With Personal Tech

ENVIRONMENT

Enlisting input from a network of volunteer citizen scientists expands the reach of a project, sometimes beyond what scientists can imagine. (National Geographic News)

Find ideas on citizen science projects for yourself, your family, or your classroom.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources—including a list of some of our favorite kid-friendly citizen science projects!

No, this is not how citizen scientists track great white sharks. Photograph by Sylvia Earle, courtesy National Geographic Education

No, this is not how citizen scientists track great white sharks.
Photograph by Sylvia Earle, courtesy National Geographic Education

Discussion Ideas

 

  • What are some of the personal tech tools used by citizen scientists?
    • Our senses are our most personal pieces of technology, attuned specifically to us! Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell can be very important to record and document when conducting surveys or observations.
    • Cameras and video equipment can document observations.
    • Tablets, smartphones, and computers can help document observations, collate data, make accurate measurements, map, and share information with other scientists—both citizen and professional.
    • Dozens of apps are made just for citizen science! One of our favorites is iNaturalist, “a gathering place for naturalists of all levels of expertise.”

 

 

NAT GEO EDUCATION’S TOP 5 CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS!

 

TEACHERS’ TOOLKIT

Nat Geo: 5 Ways Regular People Are Tracking Wildlife With Personal Tech

Nat Geo: Ideas for Citizen Science Projects

Nat Geo: Get Outside with Citizen Science Projects (video)

Nat Geo: What is citizen science?

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